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It’s More than a Bus: Democracy, Gentrification and Urbanicide

For the second time in two years, Albuquerque, New Mexico, is a proving ground for democracy and governance. The first test came two years ago, months before the nation was shaken by the events of Ferguson, Missouri, when mass protests in Albuquerque erupted after the police shooting of homeless camper James Boyd. Finally exploding a…
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Mezcal at the Crossroads

Standing tall with a relaxed poise, Itzel Coria did a steady business selling her family’s mezcal, Ojo de Vibora (Eye of the Snake), at a recent edition of Zihuatanejo’s Saturday Ecotinaguis Sanka. “This is the only mezcal for which there are local producers,” Coria told FNS in between transactions with customers scooping up bottles of…
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Ayotzinapa Mother Speaks out in Juarez

Ayotzinapa Mother Speaks Out in Juarez Ciudad Juarez writer Armine Arjona, whose poems have long given voice to the murdered and disappeared women of the Mexican border city, delivered words the woman next to her on the park stage knew all too well. Standing proud and unbending, Cristina Bautista Salvador clutched a large poster of…
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The Battle of Route 66

A drive down Albuquerque’s Central Avenue, the old Route 66, is a journey both through Americana and the globalized era of the 21st century. From east to west, travelers cruise by quaint antique shops and strip malls, dive bars and upscale eateries, a big casino and the largest university in the state, and flea-bag hotels…
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Can a Woman Worker Run for Juarez Mayor?

Can a Woman Worker Run for Juarez Mayor? Antonia Hinojos Hernandez is in a race against time. Known to her friends as “Tonita,” the Ciudad Juarez mayoral hopeful has until March 7 to gather nearly 30,000 signatures from eligible voters so her name can appear on the June ballot as an independent candidate. A former…
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Health Care for Expats, Mexico Travelers

Health Care for Expats, Mexico Travelers There are those who damn the government-run Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) health care system and those who praise it. Susan Wichterman is among the latter. The Puerto Vallarta resident was, in her own words, “very arrogant” about her personal health. But when Wichterman suffered a fall, she wound…
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Medical Tourism Advances in Mexico

Long viewed as an affordable alternative to the high-cost U.S. health care system, medical tourism in Mexico is entering a new phase of business integration, binational coordination and technological advance. Amid these developments, optimism was rife at the 6th Annual Medical Tourism Congress held this week in the Mexican coastal city of Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco….
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Behind Ciudad Juarez’s New Labor Movement

  In a virtually unprecedented development, labor protest is widening in the maquiladora industry of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. While worker dissatisfaction or protest is nothing new in the foreign-owned border factories that produce goods for export to the United States, previous manifestations of discontent in the generally union-free industry have usually been confined to one…
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The Occupation of the Bridge of the Americas

The Bridge of the Americas, also known as the Cordoba Bridge or Free Bridge in borderland parlance, carries more than just commercial trucks and routine travelers between the northern Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez and El Paso, Texas. Over the years the border crossing over the Rio Grande has also served as a bridge between…
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The Long and Winding Road of Jaguar Conservation

In twists and turns, efforts are mounting to protect the Americas’ biggest wild cat. A Mexican initiative, the National Alliance for Jaguar Conservation, unites non-governmental and governmental organizations in a new and “ambitious” program aimed at saving an emblematic creature, says Dr. Gerardo Ceballos, Alliance member and coordinator of the National Autonomous University of Mexico’s…
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